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Catalog#: Stonehill0020
Title: Ikh bin geboyrn fun a shteyn? (Was I Born of a Stone?)
Transcription: Itzik Gottesman
Translation: Itzik Gottesman

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Es iz farhanden bay mentshn ayn laydnshaft.
Un dus iz der kurtnshpil.
Es hakt (?) dokh moralish dem mentshlekhn kraft.
A la la di da la la.
Shepter nokh dem hari-at.

......There is a passion among people
and that is the game of cards.
It breaks the morality of the human spirit.
A la la di da la la.

Later after the wedding vows....
[When she cannot remember more words, she begins this song]

Ikh bin geboyrn fin a shteyn.
Azoy zogn ale fun groys biz kleyn.
Kayn gitn leybn hob nit gehat.
Vayl geshtruft hot mikh got.

Ayn trayst geblibn iz nor du bay mir.
Af deym beys-oylem nit vayt fun mayn tir.
Dort ligt a shteyn farzinkn zeyer tif.
Mit trern ikh vayn un vider rif:

Shteyn, shteyn, mayn tayerer shteyn.
Di bist ayn mul mayn mamenyu geveyn.
A harts, a neshume, hostu in zikh gehat.
Ikh hob dikh nisht gekent, vayl geshtruft hot mikh got.

Ayn trayst geblibn iz nor du far mir.
Af deym beys-oylem nit vayt fun mayn tir.
Dort ligt a shteyn farzinken zeyer tif.
Mit trern ikh vayn un rif:

Shteyn, shteyn mayn tayerer shteyn.
In zug vi ahin zol ikh yetst geyn?
Mayn gantses leybn volt ikh avekgegebn.
nor eyn mol dikh nokh a mol tsu zeyn.  

Shabes farnakht ven ales iz shtil.
Zits ikh fartrakht dort bay dem klaynem shil.
Men shteyt un men davnt mit di tirn farmakht.
Ikh bin alev(?) gefroyrn, aza vinternakht.

Keyner hert mikh un me vil mikh nit zeyn.
Vayl ikh hob kayn mame, ikh hob nor a shteyn.
Dan loyf ikh avek fun di mentshn zofort.
Un loz mir ayn trer af dem haylikn ort.

Shteyn, shteyn, mayn tayerer shteyn.
Di bist ayn mul mayn mamenyu geveyn.
Ayn harts, a neshume, hosti in zikh gehat.
Ikh hob dikh nisht gekent, vayl geshtruft hot mikh got.

Ayn trayst geblibn iz dokh nor dort far mir.
Af deym beys-oylem nit vayt fun mayn tir.
Dort shteyt a shteyn farzinken zeyer tif.
Mit trern ikh vayn un rif:

Shteyn, shteyn mayn tayerer shteyn.
In zug vi ahin zol ikh yetst geyn?
Mayn gantses leybn volt ikh avekgegebn;
Nor eyn mol dikh leybedik tsu zeyn.  

I was born from a stone.
That's what they all say, from the biggest to the smallest
A good life, I did not have.
Because God punished me.

One comfort remains for me,
In the cemetery not far from my door.
There lay a stone buried very deep
Tearfully, I cry and I call out:

Stone, stone, my dear stone..
You had once been my dear mother.  
A heart, a soul you had inside you.
I didn't know you because God punished me.

One comfort remains for me.
In the cemetery not far from my door.
There lay a stone buried very deep
Tearfully, I cry and I call out:

Stone, stone, my dear stone.
So tell me where should I go now?
I would give my whole life away
If only I could see you once again.  

Sabbath, before evening, when all is still.
I sit and ponder, there by the small synagogue.
People stand and pray with the doors closed;
But I am frozen on such a winter's night.  

No one hears me, nor wants to see me.
Because I have no mother,  I only have a stone.
Then I run away, immediately from people.
And drop a tear, in the cemetery.  

Stone, stone, my dear stone.
You had once been my mother.
A heart, a soul, you had inside.
I didn't know you, because God punished me.

One comfort remains for me there.
In the cemetery, not far from my door.
There lay a stone buried very deep.
Tearfully I cry and call out:

Stone, stone, my dear stone.Tell me where should I go?
I would sacrifice my whole life
If I just saw you once alive.



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